5 Modern American Conveniences I Happily Live Without
One of my first indications that living a tinier life might be a reality meant for me was the pride and contentment I feel when I think about the things I can live without. Here are a few that generally baffle my parents.
When I moved to California, I realized it would cost me about as much to properly pack my nice new TV as it would be to replace it. So I sold it to a friend and never bought another. I watch movies and TV shows from Amazon Prime on my laptop occasionally, but generally I'm thrilled to avoid the time-suck that is TV.
The studio I moved into didn't include a microwave and didn't have much counter space to add one, so I didn't get one. And guess what? Everything I eat can be handle by the stovetop or oven.
I thought I was going to hate doing dishes by hand because it's been terrible in the past, but I think the difference is I eat at home a lot less than I used to. Since I only cook at home a few times a week (I'm lucky to have a job that feeds me well and often), I only do dishes a couple times a week. I've learned to like it.
I live in the Bay Area, where most (but not all) homes don't have A/C, and that's fine 95% of the year. A wall fan helps out.
This one, I'll admit, I'm beginning to question. When I moved to CA, I sold both my motorcycle (no way was I about to tackle San Francisco hills!) and my sedan (it's expensive to bring cars into this state and parking can cost as much as most people's car payments). Now that I moved to the less-crowded East Bay, I do feel like I'm missing out on exploring my area, hiking, and camping so I'm considering buying a beater.
Since I now work for a company where the entirety of my work is online, I do have Internet now. But for the first year of my adult life, I went without.
I think a lot of us don't take the time to question the status quo of what a comfortable life looks like until we have to. Nothing is a given, really. Asking myself what I really need has been one of the best things I do in my life.